Your Turn with ... Paul Terwelp

Posted: Aug. 24, 2012 1:57 pm Updated: Nov. 29, 2014 12:16 am


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a fireman, like my father, or a NASA astrophysicist. I was enthralled with the space race.

What would you rather be doing right now? I love hiking in the mountains, traveling blue highways and being a flaneur in Paris.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm a fanatic classical opera fan.

Other than your wedding day, what was your proudest moment? I was pretty proud when I tapped in a birdie on No. 18 at Pebble Beach on a perfect day with friends and my parents at the clubhouse.

It really stinks when ... people don't at least try to do the right thing.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Unflappable.

I always laugh when ... I see a Wes Anderson or Coen brothers film.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I'd invite my father (I miss him every day), along with Winston Churchill for his brilliant wit, large cigars, and bottomless liquor capacity, and Mark Twain. I find writers interesting, and I'd love to hear what he'd tell me about his life in my native area.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... retire. I've had plenty of long days and nights at work.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... an extremely shy but smart geek.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... though I'm a lifetime Democrat, golf with former President Ronald Reagan at the L.A. Country Club in 1998 was unforgettable.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... have dinner at a Michelin three-star restaurant.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... live in a slave state.

America should be more concerned about ... childhood obesity and global warming. Both issues must be actively addressed.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... novels or history books.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ..., and Arts and Letters Daily. I'm a serious news junkie.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? At my brother's college commencement, the speaker told the graduates to "never take themselves seriously, but always take their work seriously." This is spot on.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... National Public Radio and "The Herd" on ESPN.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about my childhood. I consider myself so fortunate to have grown up in the 1950s and '60s in Quincy, surrounded by a loving, caring family.

The older I get, the more I realize ... the journey is what life is about, not the destinations or events.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... studied more, drank less beer at the University of Illinois.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my black Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops. I've had about a dozen pairs.

If I've learned anything at all ... it probably doesn't apply to anyone else, and I shouldn't share it unless asked.


Paul Terwelp, 55, is happily married and a recently retired construction manager. He was born and raised in Quincy, but for 25 years, he lived in Svouthern California. He moved back to Quincy with his wife in 2011.


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